As I thought about the tutorial for today, I pondered doing a quick set of tips for Photoshop, like CTRL+J for a duplicate late, CTRL=ALT+SHift+E to stamp all visible layers on to a new layer, and other such trinkets. While debating which ones to include I was continuing the process of winnowing down the last of my photo magazines to just the articles I wanted to keep. I was also thinking that perhaps a subject would come to me that could add a new dimension to the blog, when as luck would have it – the subject came to me.
From back in October of 2006 – nearly two years ago, I saw an article in PCPhoto that took a look at tips for making great slideshows. Written by Chuck Summers, it reminded me of the days of yore when my dad would crank up a slide projector to have us watch slideshows of ourselves in Florida, the Grand Canyon, and other family adventures. Well, the digital age is most definitely upon us, and one area I’ve not gotten into much is that of slideshows.
Chuck did a great job with this article, and I’ve condensed it down here to the nuts and bolts of each tip (twelve total, which makes for great alliteration – it pains me to dodge the obvious usage!) Anyway, here’s his 12 Slideshow Tips:
- Determine the Theme and Purpose of Your Show
- Set a length
- Methodically edit your images
- Maximize image effectiveness
- Prep images
- Set Image Order
- Determine transitions
- Title Slides
- Choose music to set the mood
- Time the Presentation
- Preview, Evaluate and Revise
- Test Projection Needs
While very informative, and logical in layout (I like logic!), what the article did not present is software recommendations. I’ve read various bits and pieces around but have not had reason to delve into it thus far. However, with a cross country move coming up, I thought it might be fun to take images that capture the trek from the East Coast to the Rocky Mountains and compile them into a slideshow when done.
To do that though, I need some software that is designed for slideshows. I know Photoshop and LR can do these functions, but as an old hat, I like a specially designed piece of software for each function. Thus, I can’t help but wonder what would be the best software to accomplish these ends. I recall Proshow Gold as a name, but forget who produces it. In the interests of full disclosure, I feel that I should also state that I actually have not really tried the slieshow functions in either PS or LR, so am appropriately ignorant on both counts.
So, what should it be? Should I use Proshow Gold, Photoshop, Lightroom (I am using the Beta 2 via invite), or is there some other software out there that is better purposed to these ends? Any slideshow superstars care to share their own secrets on software and other tips for making great shows? Feel free to educate me in the comments.
Meanwhile, happy shooting, watch those apertures, and see you here again tomorrow. (Perhaps a video tutorial is in the air for then…ya never know! 🙂 )